Major Oil Spill Essay

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Major Oil Spills Throughout the World | | | Amount | Date | Location | Description | Liters (millions) | Gallons (millions) | March 1967 | off Cornwall, England | grounding of Torrey Canyon | 134 | 35.4 | June 1968 | off South Africa | Hull failure of World Glory | 42 | 11 | December 1972 | Gulf of Oman | collision of Sea Star with another ship | 117 | 31 | May 1976 | La Coruña, Spain | grounding of the Urquiola | 68-79 | 18-21 | December 1976 | Nantucket (MA), United States | grounding of Argo Merchant | 28.4 | 7.5 | February 1977 | mid-Pacific | Hawaiian Patriot develops leak and catches fire | 114 | 30 | April 1977 | North Sea | blowout of well in Ekofisk oil field | 307 | 81 | March 1978 | Portsall, Brittany, France | grounding of the Amoco Cadiz | 257 | 68 | June 1979 | Gulf of Mexico | blowout of well in Ixtoc 1 | 681 | 180 | July 1979 | off Tobago, Caribbean | collision of the Atlantic Empress and Aegean Captain | 420 | 111 | February 1983 | Persian Gulf | blowout of well in Nowruz oil field | 681 | 180 | August 1983 | off Cape Town, South Africa | fire on board the Castillo de Bellver | 284 | 75 | September 1985 | Delaware River, United States | grounding of Grand Eagle | 1.9 | 0.5 | January 1988 | Floreffe (PA), United States | collapsing of Ashland oil storage tank | 2.6-3.0 | 0.7-0.8 | March 1989 | Prince William Sound, off Alaskan Coast | grounding of Exxon Valdez | 41.3 | 10.9 | June 1989 | Canary Islands | fire on board the Kharg 5 | 73.8 | 19.5 | January 1991 | Sea Island Terminal of Persian Gulf | deliberate release of oil by Iraqi troops at end of Persian Gulf War | 908 | 240 | January 1993 | Shetland Islands, Scotland | grounding of Braer | 148 | 39 | August 1993 | Tampa Bay, United States | collision of two barges and a Philippine freighter | 1.1 | 0.3 | January 1996 | south shore of Rhode Island,

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